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March 14, 2005

TSA Authorizes NATA Compliance Services To Help Alien Flight Candidates

NATA Will Collect Fingerprints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has authorized the National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (NATACS) to expand the National Fingerprint Collection Clearinghouse (NFCC) to certify and collect fingerprints for alien flight training candidates and other designated individuals who must comply with the new security regulations under 49CFR Part 1552 and for other TSA-designated programs.  The NATACS/NFCC network can now assist with the collection of fingerprints internationally for these programs. 

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GAMA Reacts To Coverage Of FBI/DHS Security Overview

"Industry Working Hard To Secure Airports"

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Monday commented on the unclassified, confidential government aviation security overview published two weeks ago.

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EAA: NYT Report Ignores Heightened GA Security Since 9/11

Responds To Times Story About FBI/DHS White Paper On Aviation Security 'Holes'

From the EAA... EAA is pointedly disagreeing with much of a New York Times story published Monday morning that states a new government report indicates general aviation might be vulnerable to use by terrorists, despite huge investments in aviation security.

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AOPA's Boyer To Appear On CBS, NBC News Monday Night

Will Respond To DHS/FBI Report's Mention Of GA

AOPA President Phil Boyer will appear on two network newscasts Monday night, responding to the DHS/FBI report outlining the continuing existence of threats posed by general aviation.

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Toe The Line At Teterboro

FAA Urges STRICT Compliance, Warns Of Possible Midairs


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Report: US Still Vulnerable To Terrorist Attacks

This Time, From Non-Commercial Planes And Helos

More than three years and billions of dollars after 9/11, how safe is our air transportation system? Not very, according to a new report from the DHS and FBI. The report says al Qaeda and its affiliates may be looking to hijack charter aircraft -- including helicopters -- to stage more attacks against the American Homeland.

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TSA Investigates Reported Distress Calls

Were They Real?

The TSA is investigating a trio of reports of planes in trouble over Long Island Sound. The reports, which came in Sunday night, came in at roughly the same time, according to local news reports -- but none of them turned out to be true.

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Boeing Lays Off 9,300 In Kansas, Oklahoma

And Then There's That Waiver...

Making room for Onex to take over its commercial plants in Wichita, KS, and Tulsa and McAlester, OK, Boeing is laying off 9,300 people. The company also demands workers sign a waiver allowing Boeing to release personnel records to the new owners.

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Groundbreaking At LAX Could Come In Fall

Hahn's Plan Could Get FAA Approval This Month

The FAA will likely approve this month LA Mayor Jim Hahn's $11 billion plan to improve Los Angeles International Airport. If it does, Hahn could break ground on the project as early as this fall.

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The Ghost Of Harry Stonecipher

Does He Still Haunt Boeing?

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Suddenly jobless at 68, ousted from the presidency of the world's largest aerospace company by something as deeply personal as a sex scandal and staring divorce in the face, any other man in Harry Stonecipher's position might be trying to cope with the end of his world.

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Mrs. Stonecipher Files For Divorce

And What About Harry's Paramour?

As Harry Stonecipher spoke strongly and confidently to a Naples, FL, civic organization on Friday, his wife, 69-year old Joan Stonecipher, was filing for divorce in Chicago -- less than a week after Stonecipher was ousted from the CEO position at Boeing in the wake of a scandalous sexual liaison with a Boeing vice president.

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Boeing Workers Mull Stonecipher's Departure

"It Was Kind Of Harsh"

Life goes on at Boeing, as it has in the wake of scandal after costly scandal, after President and CEO Harry Stonecipher was ousted last weekend because of his admitted affair with 48-year old Debra Peabody, a company vice president based in the nation's capital.

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Michael Griffin Tapped To Lead NASA

Physicist, Aerospace Engineer Congratulated By Key Lawmakers

Picked Friday by President Bush to lead NASA, 55-year old Michael Griffin is as different from his predecessor as night and day. Whereas Sean O'Keefe came from a financial and agency management background, Griffin has a background in academics, with strong science pedigrees in physics and aerospace engineering.

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Klyde Morris 03.14.05

Klyde Looks At The Appointment of A New NASA Administrator

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Air China Jumbo Stuck On LAX Taxiway

Pilot May Have Turned Too Sharply

Nobody was hurt early Sunday when a Boeing 747 flying for Air China became stuck in the asphalt of a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport as it was taxiing for take-off, according to news reports from as far away as Beijing.

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Robinson’s Tim Tucker Receives Joe Mashman Safety Award

Timothy C. Tucker, Chief Instructor, R22/R44 Safety Course, Robinson Helicopter Company, is the recipient of Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2004 Joe Mashman Safety Award.

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Go East, Young Man

China's Burgeoning Airline Industry Siren Call To New Pilots

As legacy airlines the world over continue to slump, some threatened with financial dissolution, there is a bright and shining spot on the map -- and it's centered on China.

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In-Flight Shutdown - Almost Routine

Hognose Investigates The Engine-Out Passenger Experience

By Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien I recently had an argument with another aviator about some recent news stories that hyperventilated over a couple of recent incidents wherein 747-400 operators, notably British Airways, secured a misbehaving engine and continued on to their destination rather than turning back or finding an alternate. He more or less agreed with the news stories, and was willing to hang the captains by their thumbs (which hasn't happened).

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Final Day At WAI Opens With Words of Inspiration

Keynote Speakers From Mooney And SWA Grace The Podium

By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey The final day of the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference opened with messages of support by keynote speakers Gretchen Jahn, President, Mooney Airplane Company, Southwest Airlines President Colleen Barrett and Airshow Performer Chandy Clancy.

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Official: Record Number of Exhibitors on Hand at Women in Aviation Conference

That Means "Giveaways Galore"

By Rose Dorcey The 16th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas has broken all previous year's records as far as the number of exhibiting companies and booth spaces sold.

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What Is It Like to be a Guy at a Woman in Aviation Conference?

The Answers May Surprise You

By ANN Correspondents Rose Dorcey and Aleta Vinas More than 2,500 women, and a surprising number of men, are attending the 16th Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas this weekend. We asked a few brave (male) souls what brought them to the convention, and what it's like to be here.

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Lufthansa To Take Over Swiss International Airlines?

Deal Still Must Be Approved By Lufthansa Board

Swiss International Airlines shareholders should see an offer in the mail this week from Cologne, Germany-based Lufthansa, as the boards for both airlines agree on the principles of a merger.

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Women in Aviation Int'l Conference: The Ladies' Thoughts

The Ladies' Thoughts

By ANN Correspondents Aleta Vinas and Rose Dorcey For a change, females constituted the majority at an aviation function during the 16th Annual Women in Aviation International conference in Dallas (TX). ANN spoke to some of the attendees to discover if they had mentors helping them. We also asked whether the path was easier now to get into aviation than say, 20 years ago. Here are some of the answers we received.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Piper PA-28R Arrow

For Sale: Piper PA-28R Arrow Series

PA-28 200R, TT ONLY 74 hrs. SFRM, AF 7,000 HRS. Full IFR, dual KX155 Nav/Coms with dual glideslopes., WX-11 Stormscope, Piper III Auto Pilot, Loran, ADF, Standby Vacuum Pump. Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 8 New, will sell for $70,000.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.14.05)

"I'm just as blown away by this as everybody else." Source: Joan Stonecipher, wife of ousted Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher, in comments to the Chicago Tribune. She spoke Friday, after her lawyers filed for her divorce. The move came less than a week after Harry's affair with Boeing Vice President Debra Peabody was exposed to the company, and just a few weeks after the Stonecipher's 50th wedding anniversary.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER:  2005-05-05 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT:  Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-05 SUMMARY:  The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600); and Model A310 series airplanes; equipped with certain Honeywell inertial reference units (IRUs).

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER:  2005-03-11 MANUFACTURER: Boeing (Correction) SUBJECT:  Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-11 SUMMARY:  The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 767 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive detailed and eddy current inspections of the aft pressure bulkhead for damage and cracking, and repair if necessary.

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Women in Aviation Conference: Kit Darby on Airline Hiring

Kit Darby, B-757/767 captain and president of AIR, Inc., shared his knowledge of airline pilot hiring with the ladies attending his session at the Women in Aviation International Conference.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER:  2005-05-10 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT:  Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-10 SUMMARY:  The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes.

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